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Fall Tips for Home Security

September 8, 2018

Days are getting shorter and the weather is getting cooler. How can you prepare your home for fall – not just in terms of maintenance, but in terms of home security?

The good news is that there are several steps you can take to keep your home safer this fall. While the shorter days, school being in session, and the holidays present unique challenges, there’s a lot you can do to keep things secure.

Here are some of our best fall tips!


Increase the Lighting Around Your Home

As Daylight Savings Time ends and the nights get longer, you’ll need to improve the lighting around your home. You can automate both interior and exterior lights so that you home doesn’t seem unoccupied. It will also help you see well when you return home from work or a night out.

You can also install motion-activated lights around isolated or vulnerable areas around your home. This can help deter thieves. Intruders look for homes that are easy marks, and if your home is well-lit they will keep looking.

Lighting is vital to home security!


Watch Out For Door-to-Door Scams

As the weather gets better, more salespeople and professionals will be making door-to-door rounds. While there’s nothing wrong with many of them, some of them are scammers or thieves trying to get into your home. Your home security requires vigilance.

Never believe anyone who says your alarm company has suddenly gone out of business and they have a new contract for you. Also, don’t allow anyone access to your alarm system, no matter how much pressure they put on you. If anyone claims to have concerns about your alarm, call us right away.

Also be sure that door-to-door salespeople aren’t simply a distraction for someone trying to sneak into your home and steal valuables. Don’t let anyone into your home to “evaluate” it for free cleaning, roofing, or other services. They may be casing your house for a future theft.

Finally, don’t change energy companies, buy meat, or give to charity based on a door-to-door visitor. If you want to donate, you can do so directly and not risk your donation being stolen.


Trim Bushes and Shrubs That Obscure Your Home

One of the keys to home security is reducing the number of places to hide around your home. You don’t want overgrown bushes, shrubs, or even trees near your home. Thieves can hide behind them as they access your windows or doors during a break-in.

You also need to trim trees away from second story windows, your roof, or other parts of your home. If a thief can get to these parts of your home, they can break into an upper floor room.

On the other hand, some bushes can help deter thieves. Planting thorny bushes under windows can help prevent break-ins by providing a painful barrier.

Here are some great defensive plant options:

  • Bougainvillea
  • Pyracantha
  • Blackberry
  • Roses
  • Barberry
  • Yucca

Defensive plants can protect your home and increase your curb appeal at the same time. It’s a win-win situation!


Get Appropriate Alarm and Home Security Systems

The final and most important step to take is to make sure your home security systems are in place. Alarm systems, security cameras, and monitoring systems are all important elements of keeping your home safe this fall.

If you are ready to protect your home in the Conway, AR area, or near Sherwood, AR, let us help. We have the highest-quality products and years of experience protecting Arkansas homes. Contact us today!